head to head
The all-new Bizango (left) vs. the previous award-winning incarnation (right)

By now you might have seen the new Voodoo bikes, including the new and improved Bizango 29er (a mountain bike with 29 inch wheels). But the last Bizango was a multiple award winner, and a firm favourite among Voodoo fans! So what’s changed? We took a closer look at the two bikes side-by-side to find out.

One of the big changes to the new Voodoo is the weight – the new Bizango is around 1kg lighter than before! But that’s not all…

You’ve been framed

HA6A1834The first thing you’ll notice about the two bikes is the frame. The new Bizango has a much more intricately shaped frame (in a much more eye-catching colour!). That’s because the new Bizango is made of 6061 aluminium, instead of the 7005 of the original bike.

What does this mean for you? Well, 6061 is much easier to work with when the bike is being built, so the frame can be made to the newer shape you see. The tubes are also more butted than before. This means that the metal is thick where it needs to be, but gets thinner where it isn’t needed, cutting down the weight.

The sliding dropouts from the previous Bizango are still there. That means you can move the position of the rear wheel backwards and forwards, so you can get the right chain tension if you convert to single speed. The top tube has been lowered to give you more room to stand over the bike.

Point and shoot

IMG_6112The same great trail-taming ride of the Bizango is still there, but the cockpit has been modernised, with a shorter stem and wide bars. This gives you loads of control on the trail and makes the bike better at going downhill!

Getting into gear

Another big change on the new Bizango is the drivetrain. The 3×9 27-speed gearing from the last Bizango has been replaced by a more modern 2×10 20-speed setup. This cuts down on weight, improves reliability – all while giving just as wide a range of gears as before!

IMG_6159At the rear is the new Shimano Deore rear mech, which now includes a clutch. This cuts down on chain slap (and noise) on bumpy trails, and helps keep the chain from coming off when the going gets rough! The front mech has also been upgraded to a matching Deore instead of the previous Altus, for lighter weight and slicker shifts.

Soaking up the bumps

The new Bizango still has a Suntour Raidon fork, with adjustable air suspension and a lockout (so you can make the fork rigid for climbing or smooth riding). Suntour have been busy making improvements since the previous Bizango, though! The Raidon is now lighter, with coated stanchions (the top section of the fork legs) to keep the fork looking better over time. The lockout lever has also been improved.

What goes around…

HA6A5450The wheels have been updated for the new Bizango, too! Higher quality rims and hubs make for a lighter and stronger wheelset. Cutting down weight at the wheels helps the bike to accelerate faster, and we’ve found it really helps the bike feel more nimble out on the trail.

With a few years’ worth of riding experience now gone by on the original Bizango, the designers had plenty of feedback to work with! We think it’s a great ride, and the little tweaks have made a big difference without changing the bike’s personality. Head over to our site to see the new range and start work on becoming king of the trail.

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24 comments

  1. Hi there , can you give some details about the geometry of the 2015 Voodoo Bizango? What is the head angle? How long is the top tube?

    1. Hi Georgi,

      Here are the measurements from the 2015 Bizangos:

      Head angle: 69.5 (on all sizes)
      Effective top tube: 585mm for 16″, 610mm for 18″ and 630mm for 20″

      Hope that helps!
      halfordsjames

      1. Hi Tim,

        That’s right – the Bizango’s seatpost is a 31.6, and it’s 400mm long.

        Hope this helps!
        halfordsjames

  2. I have had an issue with loosing pressure on my 2014 bizango air forks. Can you recommend a suitable fork upgrade if I need to replace. Thanks

  3. Hello,

    I want to get into mountain biking and really like the look of the Bizango. At 6’2″ with a 33″ inside leg will the 20″ frame be a decent fit?

    Cheers

    Rich.

    1. Hi Steve,

      The handlebars on the new Bizango are 720mm wide on the 18″ and 20″ sizes, and 700mm on the 16″ size.

      Hope this helps!
      halfordsjames

  4. Querie regarding the gearing .
    How many teeth on the rear sprockets and the front chain rings?
    If you know the gearing in inches, it would be useful.

    Regards, Graham.

    1. Hi Graham,

      The Bizango has 22/36 chainrings on the front and an 11-36 cassette on the rear, giving you gears from 17.7″ to 94.8″.

      Hope this helps,
      halfordsjames

  5. I have the new bizango and have got to say its a great bike! I mainly ride longleat forest single track and xc across the Wiltshire downs and it does both with ease. Only upgrades I have done is to the bar and seat. Well done voodoo.

  6. Hi, have you got any more details on the wheels and hubs please? Had a Bizango since November 15 and it really is a “sorted” bike. Just seeing if it is worth upgrading the wheelset to try and save a few pounds. Thanks

    1. Hi David,

      Great to hear that you like the new Bizango as much as we do! The wheels on the bike are just the right blend of low weight and toughness for all-round use, but of course there’s always a lighter option if you want to upgrade! The wheels use Formula hubs and Voodoo double wall alloy rims.

      Hope that helps,
      halfordsjames

  7. I really like this bike (everything about it), some people have told me to get a hybrid as I will be using it during the week to get to work which is according to Google maps 10 miles away and not very hilly. But at the weekends I love going camping and practicing bushcraft that is a 22 mile ride.
    Someone told me to still get the bizango and just stick some schwalbe big apples on them to make the ride smoother and faster.
    Me being a complete noob to bikes would like to ask your opinion if wether I should get that bike a cyclocross or a hybrid. Would riding the bizango over those distances leave me to fatigued.

    1. Hi James,

      A hybrid or cyclocross bike would be quicker on a road ride, but a mountain bike like the Bizango would be more capable off road. You can make up for some of this by locking out the suspension fork on smooth ground and putting on some slick tyres when you ride on the road.

      The Bizango would be a great choice for heading off-road to do some camping and bushcraft, and while it might not be as efficient on the road as something like a hybrid or a cyclocross bike, you could still commute to work on it. If you wanted something that could go quicker on the road and still handle off-road riding, you could also take a look at a cyclocross bike – of course, the trade off is that a cyclocross bike is a little bit less capable off road. If more of your riding is on the road and the trails aren’t too technical, a CX bike would be a great choice.

      However, if you love the Bizango, you’ll ride it more! You’ll still be able to do all the riding you want, and it’ll really come into it’s own at the weekends on the trail.

      Hope that helps!
      halfordsjames

  8. Hi,
    After rave reviews I want a Bizango! I’m 5’11” and a bit with a 34.5″ inside leg (measured, not my trouser size) So would a 20″ frame be the one to go for?
    Cheers,
    Bob

  9. Hi, I’ve started getting a grinding noise from the Formula DC 20 rear sealed bearings. Has anybody else had an issue with these, and If so what would be the best way to get these replaced or repaired?

    1. Hi David,

      Sorry to hear that there might be a problem with your bearings. If you take your bike to your local Halfords store, we’ll be happy to take a look for you.

      Thanks,
      halfordsjames

      1. Hi, Halfords are replacing back wheel and cassette due to the free hub bearing being discontinued. The guys were great and quick to deal with the issue. Cheers

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